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Festival of Champions

For over 40 years, the UCM Bands have been proud to host some of the most outstanding band programs in the region for its annual marching band competition, the Festival of Champions. Beginning as the Missouri Music Bowl in 1978, this competition has grown to showcase over 30 of the best bands from Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Nebraska, and Illinois each year. The event includes competitions in field show performance, indoor percussion, and indoor guard. Directors can participate in one or all three competitions in the same day.

The field show competition is set up as a prelim/finals format. Immediately after the preliminary round, the UCM Marching Mules will perform in exhibition. UCM Marching Percussion performs immediately after the finals round.

We welcome bands of all sizes and all levels of proficiency to gain a productive experience. 

The 43nd Annual UCM Festival of Champions | Saturday, October 28, 2023

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This year’s festival will feature incredible groups from the following schools in competition, along with the UCM Marching Mules and Percussion in exhibition performances.
Central High School
Crest Ridge High School
Diamond High School
Fair Grove High School
Glendale High School
Harrisonville High School 
Hillsboro High School
Holden High School
Joplin High School
Lee's Summit High School
Lee's Summit North High School
Lone Jack High School
Marshfield High School
Oak Park High School
Odessa High School
Parkway North High School
Raytown South High School 
Shawnee Mission North High School
Shawnee Mission South High School
Shawnee Mission West High School
Smithton High School
Staley High School
Warrensburg High School
Winfield High School


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Areas of Competition


UCM Band at FOC

Field Show Competition

The field show competition features both Prelim and Finals. Field show bands are grouped into four competitive classes based on total number of performers (excluding auxiliary units and drum majors).



Front Ensemble at FOC

Indoor Percussion Competition

Groups participating in the indoor percussion competition are grouped in their school's field show competition band or the Missouri MSHSAA classifications. 

Field show participation is not required to enter the indoor percussion competition. 

 Guard at FOC

Indoor Guard Competition


Groups participating in the indoor guard competition are grouped in the same class as their school's field show competition band or Missouri MSHSAA classification. 

Field show participation is not required to enter the indoor guard competition.  



Please contact Dr. Corey Seapy ( with any questions.
We looking forward to seeing you in October!


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